CBD oil is everywhere from food to tinctures and skincare. Should you be adding it to your skincare regime?

First things first: What exactly is CBD oil?

CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound of marijuana. It cannot get you high no matter how hard you try, as it doesn’t contain THC, which is responsible for the mind-altering aspect of marijuana.

CBD is suspended or blended into a carrier vegetable oil like hemp seed (also non-psychoactive, fyi), avocado, grapeseed or coconut oil.

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What are the benefits of CBD in skincare?

The available research indicates that CDB has anti-inflammatory, soothing and anti-oxidant properties, which confirms it’s definitely a useful ingredient in skincare. Because of these benefits it can be used for the treatment of sensitivity, acne, and even prevention of wrinkles. These properties are by no means unique, but the multi-prong approach can be very useful.

CBD vs hemp oil

It’s worth noting that while CBD and hemp oil may be derived from the same plant family, their makeup is very different. Hemp oil has good skincare benefits and shares some properties with CBD, but contains only trace elements of Cannabidiol. If that’s what you’re after, don’t be fooled by clever wording.

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Access to CBD products are very new in South Africa, which sadly always leaves loads of room for schemes and scams. While I’m not 100% clued up on all the regulations, I would stick to reputable stockists and not buy CBD skincare products (or any other CBD products, for that matter) from fly-by-night or informal businesses.

When you buy CBD skincare products, look for the word Cannabidiol on the ingredient listing to ensure you’re getting the real thing.

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Am I rushing out to buy it?

To be honest, nothing reputable has crossed my path locally, and with very new innovation like this I don’t mind sitting back for a while until manufacturers get it right. I have seen loads of CBD products from reputable brands internationally, so I might try something next time I travel – I’m excited about the anti-inflammatory properties.